Study in the South-West of England

The South-West of England is in general not very known (bar Bristol) for having many great universities. However you would be mistaken. The South-West is home to some of the top universities in the UK and is also one of the best places to study in England. In this blog article I’m going to be talking about the perks of studying in the south-west of England and also what Universities there are in the south-west.

Reason to study in the South-West of England

1. Academic excellence

The South West of England boasts of being home to some of the most prestigious universities in South West England that regularly rank within the top 150 in the UK across leading league tables.

2. Things to do

It is no great surprise that the South West of England is the country’s most popular region for tourism – with its magnificent beaches and secluded coves, the picturesque coastline region of England is popular among tourists all year round.

3. Lower cost of living

Your monthly living expenses as a student will vary depending on which city in the South West of England you choose to study. For example, Bristol is one of the most expensive cities for students in the UK, whereas Plymouth is one of the cheapest. The average student in the South West region of England will need between GBP 550 and GBP 750 per month to live and study comfortably.


The South West consists of the counties of: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Within these counties, there are all sorts of different places which you could study at. For example you could study in rural Cornwall and be close to the sea and the beautiful Cornish coastline. However if you prefer city life, then that is not to worry as there are many amazing cities in which you can study at in the South-West. While being out the way (in comparison to the rest of England) it is no problem as it is all very well connected with many train lines motorways and buses. For example if you decide to study in Bristol it is only an hour and a half train to get to London. There is also trains from Cornwall and Devon to London as well.

Universities where you can study in the South-West of England

The South West of England is home to some of the top ranking universities in the UK. Many of these universities are considered to be Russel group universities (top 24 universities in the UK).

These are some of the top Universities in the South West:

Bristol University

The University of Bristol is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. The University holds an international reputation for high-quality research and offers a combination of academic excellence with an independent and forward-thinking spirit. It is regarded as the third best university in the South West of England. It is also one of the top universities in the UK. Another reason to study in Bristol is that Bristol is one of the most accommodating cities for students. It is relatively cheap in comparison to other cities and has a great nightlife, making it a really enjoyable place to study.

UK ranking: 15th

Bristol acceptance rate: 67.3%.

Bath University

The University of Bath is ranked highly in the top university league tables for its student satisfaction, overall performance and graduate employment. The University was founded in 1966. Since then, it has grown to be one of the top universities in the UK and the best in South West England. Top courses at Bath include engineering, design, science, management, humanities, and social sciences. Bath is also a very historic city with a nice, friendly atmosphere. It is relatively small in comparison to Bristol so if you are looking for a more chilled out experience then Bath is a good option.

UK ranking: 8th

Bath acceptance rate: 10%

    Exeter University

    Being another member of the prestigious Russell Group, the University of Exeter is a research-intensive university. This is with 82% of its research rated world-leading or internationally excellent. The University has excellent teaching and research facilities for various disciplines, including science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine, humanities and science. Their campuses are equipped with the latest amenities, and their staff are some of the best in their field. Another reason to study at Exeter University is due to Exeter itself. This is due to the fact that Exeter is constantly rated as one of the best places to live, work and study in the UK.

    UK ranking: 13th

    Exeter acceptance rate: 87.5%

    Falmouth University

    Falmouth University is an internationally renowned institution for Art and design. It often ranks in the top 20 UK university subject rankings. In fact, during the most recent International Student Barometer, Falmouth was ranked first in the UK and second in the world for international student experience. Falmouth university, furthermore, is a smaller university so if you are looking for a smaller more chilled university then Falmouth is definitely your go to. Studying in Falmouth also means you can live and study in a beautiful place. This means being surrounded by the stunning Cornish countryside and picturesque beaches. Also life is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the UK.

    UK ranking: 42nd

    Falmouth acceptance rate: 26%

    UWE Bristol

    UWE Bristol offers a variety of highly respected courses that will give you an edge in the job market. With over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff, UWE is a large and well-established university in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. The University’s 250,000 alumni prove that their methods work – who are employed and enjoying successful careers, all because of the quality education they received at UWE Bristol. UWE, also located in Bristol which is a fantastic university for students to study in for many reasons. Such as: Great student life, modern city, good nightlife, good sports programmes and more.

    UK ranking: 61st

    UWE Bristol acceptance rate: 23%

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